A mini-guide to a day out in Bramhall
PUBLISHED: 17:01 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 09 October 2013
There are lots of reasons to take time out in this southern suburb of Manchester here are just a few...
Dip into Bramhall’s well-heeled lifestyle with a coffee and pastry at a smart cafe. This is the location cafe culture was named for. Brave the cold and take a FROW pavement seat to check out the stylish locals.
Time to discover just how to get “the look”. if we had to describe Bramhall’s style it would be effortlessly groomed. Step into a beauty salon and treat yourself to a top notch treatment. Feel like being pampered? Then Loved is the place to start. From a beautifully relaxing facial, to treatments that are a little more high tech, the aim is to make you look your very, very best.
Nails manicured, hair sleek and well tamed it’s time for a leisurely lunch. Meet up with friends for a gossip and soak up the New York loft vibe at Nappa bar or perhaps enjoy a plate of pasta and a glass of vino at Piccolino.
Hit the shops. Check out the designer heaven that is Angela Beer, an ultra chic boutique that will have you smartly turned out in an instant. High-end labels and very experienced staff make this an essential stop for any fashionista.
Whether it’s in the Village Square, the main shopping area, which actively encourages performances by local talent there are plenty of places to shop for clothes, food and trinkets.
If you are shopped out perhaps you want to find out more about the area then head for Bramall Hall - a glorious timber-framed Tudor Manor House, the oldest parts of which date from the 14th century, with later additions from the 16th and 19th centuries. The house, which functions as a museum, and its 70 acres of landscaped parkland with lakes, woodland, and gardens are open to the public.
The area around Bramall Hall is known as Bramhall and there has been much controversy over the correct spelling of the name of the Hall which is spelt without the ‘h’. In the Doomsday book the manor of Bramall is called Bramale, a name which comes from the old English words ‘brom’ meaning broom and ‘halh’ meaning secret place, generally near water. The current name was chosen as the spelling closest to this Doomsday version
Get sociable. A cocktail at Napa, Dinner at Beluga, Olivers or Romulus perhaps? We told you Bramhall was brilliant for restaurants. Head to the Bubble Room and from 4pm to 8pm a bottle of champagne is £20!
You are invited to be sociable. Apparently people of Bramhall are! Past research by the University of Sheffield concluded that Bramhall was the “least lonely” place in Britain. So hopefully when you visit, you’ll find that too. You could also be rubbing shoulders with the “Rich List”.
Indeed, the SK7 postcode, which also includes Hazel Grove and Woodford, emerged as the fourth most expensive place to buy a house in Greater Manchester.
Bramhall certainly has its quota of famous faces, too, whether they were brought up in the town or came to live here. These include Yvette Fielding, actors Peter Butterworth and Peter Barkworth, Manchester City’s Tony Coton, Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding, Brian Trueman and actresses Christine Bottomley and Wendy Hillier - so who knows? You may even bump into a celeb or two.
Soak up the atmosphere in the town and maybe head to the Bubble Room for a final cocktail and perhaps catch some live music on Sunday nights..